Your morning Urban Meyer roundup

The latest:

  • Gene Smith ain’t talkin’.  Hard to say if that’s voluntary, or if he’s still recovering from being run over by Corch’s bus.
  • Sad!  (And a little gross, if not surprising.)
  • Pardon me if I’m a wee bit skeptical, but announcing “Ohio State is committed to a thorough and complete investigation,” at 10:15 on a Sunday night?
  • That being said, Mary Jo White, who’s been tapped to lead the investigation, is a heavy hitter with no real ties to Ohio State, but it’s hard to see why it would take two weeks to get to the bottom of things here.  On the other hand, negotiating a final settlement with Meyer might very well take that much time…

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36 responses to “Your morning Urban Meyer roundup

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Is this the Corch du jour?

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  2. ASEF

    Man, I feel kind of silly thinking Gene was going to build Urban a nice little get-away. This turned ugly fast. Makes me wonder if 24-55 and 0-31 and an epically hyped 2015 team finding the ditch had not already created some rifts up there.

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  3. So glad you pointed out the timing of the late night announcement by Ohio State. Nothing says transparency like that.

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    • HiAltDawg

      I’m sure the “but it was 9:15 pm Central Time Warriors” will be out to correct us, lol. Seriously, reckon 10:15 pm on a Sunday is the new 5:01 pm on a Friday.

      In all honesty, I’m putting Brett McMurphy up there with the South Park creators as dudes not to cross, haha

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  4. Go Dawgs!

    It’s great that they’ve hired someone serious to run the Urban Meyer investigation, but last night’s press release made clear that the investigative committee isn’t going to have a thing to do with actually deciding what happens to Corch Meyers. That’s solely on the president of the university (well, with some input from their board of regents). So, I remain unconvinced that this affair will come to any conclusion that has Urbs missing more than the first game.

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  5. ChiliDawg

    I feel like the statement that “this investigation will be wrapped up within 14 days” kind of takes away from the credibility of said investigation. If you’ve committed to being thorough in the investigation, how can you put a deadline on it?

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    • Argondawg

      That was my thought exactly. How can you know exactly how long an investigation is going to take unless you already know what you are going to do? Sometimes it takes that long to get all the documentation and phone records you may request or need. Who is going to cooperate and who isn’t. Anybody caught up in this better be lawyering up.

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      • ChiliDawg

        The cynical take is that 14 days takes us til two weeks before kickoff and it gives them time to stick their collective thumb in the air to gauge which way the wind is blowing by then. Perhaps they think it may “blow over” by then, but if it doesn’t then, and only then will they let him go.

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  6. Walt

    It’ll take 2 weeks because lawyers charge by the hour.

    I wonder if scapegoating Gene Smith would hurt recruiting?

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  7. Minnesota Dawg

    Call me skeptical but it seems like 14 days might be just the right amount of time to
    (1) craft another workable cover story(ies),
    (2) float those stories across social media and news outlets (from inside sources) to get a gauge of acceptability,
    (3) get all the interested parties on board with such story, especially the designated “fall guy” (i.e., not Urban Meyer],
    (4) craft a few supporting documents that are not inconsistent with that story, and finally
    (5) announce the finding that “Lots of people made minor mistakes along the way, so wrist slaps are coming….but the big mistakes were made by [“fall guy,” i.e., not Urban Meyer].
    (6) Kick off!

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  8. If Urban skates on this, OSU had better understand how hated they are going to become. Between this and the wrestling program, they better brace for impact.

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    • JCDAWG83

      I really don’t think they care as long as they are winning on the field. I don’t think the Auburn fans and admin are overly concerned about their reputation as the dirtiest college football program in the country. It’s all “just win baby” to the tOSU fans and admin.

      I think they feel like two weeks is enough time for the public’s attention to be focused on something else and that will still give Urban enough time to get back to practice without hurting the performance of the team.

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      • Agree 100%. If anything is being overblown in this fiasco, it’s OSU’s concern over what it would “look like” if they kept him. They don’t care what YOU think. They are looking to protect the football team. End of story. The only reason that they eventually fired Tressel was because his being around was going result in more NCAA sanctions and losses. He wasn’t fired because he lied and cheated, but because the NCAA found out about the cheating and his lying, started an investigation that led to sanctions…and would have led to a lot more info being uncovered and more sanctions if they hadn’t fired him (forced resignation).

        When I hear people say that Tressel got fired because of “Tats,” it makes me laugh. There was A LOT more going on at Ohio State during that time.

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        • J-DawG

          Speaking of the NCAA, why haven’t they weighed in on this gratuitous shitstorm?

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          • NCAA ain’t touching this in a million years. After walking back most of the sanctions re the Penn State fiasco and being pants by UNC in their layup academic fraud case, the NCAA is limiting themselves these days to suspending athletes for apparel sales….and (starting with Demetris Robertson) taking a hard line against athlete transfers. Just kidding….I think.

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  9. Whiskeydawg

    I can’t stand Urban Meyer but in today’s environment anything more than a slap on the wrist and suspended a few games will surprise me.

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  10. 69Dawg

    Well, we all wondered if Irwin would throw his wife under the bus, but now it seems clear he has thrown the AD and the faithful said Amen. This is a real soap opera, moron Smith saying what he said then the wife showing his message apologizing for strangling her. Hell the next thing you know tOSU will say it was just kinky sex gone wrong. Stay tune dear listener for the next episode.

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  11. I’ve changed my tune- originally thought he was done . He weathers this storm and will be insufferable as ever.

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  12. Dawg19

    This would have been settled already but Meyer keeps using all of his timeouts.

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  13. Normaltown Mike

    Not to sound all high and mighty about UGA academics, but I just read that OSU operated an “open enrollment” model until the early 2K’s when they hired Karen Holbrook from UGA as Pres. If you’ll recall, she was very unpopular for trying to change the “riot” culture that the students so enjoyed after big wins…or losses.

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  14. WH tweet: Coach Urbz, the most unfairly treated coach in the history of the world.

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  15. Smokey Joe

    As Lewis Grizzard once so eloquently said “The public, more often than not, will forgive mistakes, but it will not forgive trying to wriggle and weasel out of one.”

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  16. a two week investigation is one of two things ,designed to find nothing or going to be longer than that . 14 months and approximately 17/18 million later and Muller with an army of attorneys , investigators, subpoena power and FBI agents has caught a tax cheat……..you can swing a dead cat and hit two of those in D.C. Urban is going to be declared extremely careless as opposed to grossly negligent …nothing to see here…move along….that is what a two week investigation is designed to do.

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  17. Macallanlover

    Two weeks? That smells like cover-up to me, This isn’t a legal matter (except for the settlement amount), it is a PR situation and if ohio admin/boosters don’t realize they will be a national target and laughing stock over this for many tears to come they are naive. 1)Urban Liar lied, and admitted it on public record, it just depends on which statement you choose, 2) he used terrible judgement if he left a predator on staff t3 years after he knew (maybe), and 3) at $7+mm he didn’t anticipate a question about Smith, whom he had fired four days prior to a major media event, seriously? Negotiate a settlement and move on, the $10-25MM dollar settlement is a bargain for avoiding what your institution will hear the next 2-3 decades. You are Penn State/Baylor part three, for the exact same reasons.

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